The Scroobius Pip is a well known poem by Edward Lear, about a creature whom, no matter how hard it and the other animals may try, is impossible to categorize. Lear specialized in limericks. Now, a poet of a more contemporary style – David Meads – has adopted the name, dropped the first word and turned it into something influential in the indie hip-hop world. Of course, with Travis Barker featured on the album, he is sure to get a larger viewing audience.
This album, “Distraction Pieces,” is a lot cleaner than anything else he has released. There is no electronic noise in the tracks (barring one or two songs,) just conventional drum rolls and guitar, some at such a fast pace that they match Pip’s flow to the tee.
The first track on the album, aptly named “Introduction,” is both literally an introduction, but also a way of acquainting new listeners with his Shakespearian way of rhyming and jumping from line to line. His flow is almost incomprehensible at times, and with the reiteration of a evocative child’s voice during a chorus, his words make some sort of sense. The song is motivated along by a inharmonious guitar melody, and although not many artists mix such fast lyrics and instruments together, they fit in well. One of the most unforgettable lines in the song is “You see a mousetrap, I see free cheese and a fucking challenge.”
“Let ‘em Come” shows that Pip’s reasoning behind the album was to create something that made the listener look deeper into life, and question things more frequently. With influences of hardcore and punk rearing their ugly heads in this song, he mixes various styles with his knowledge of vocabulary and hip-hop liberation he’s become known for.
While the opening few songs on the album are some sort of audible assault, full of complex metaphors and poetic imagery, the rest of the album starts to slow down a bit more. This speed seems easier for Pip to work with and you can certainly hear an improvement – you start to take each limerick, each word as a beautiful piece of art before you.
“Broken Promise” is one song that features electronic elements from previous songs, and follows Pip’s personal feelings and emotions, using much simpler language in this track, perhaps as it has just an important message – emotions have consequences. The sound level in the song remains the same all the way through, compared to some songs where it alters.
The aim of this album was to give people a larger perspective on life, and to encourage deeper thinking and research of meaning. Although Pip’s technique does suffer at some points, the sheer genius of the lyrics he uses make up for it, and it’s a shame that his talent at writing does not always shine in production here. The listener directly seems to concentrate on the beat, or backing track instead of listening to Pip’s poetry.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Scroobius Pip, as he is one of the biggest underground artists emerging from the evergrowing depths of music.
Written by Regan Foy